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Steven Lloyd, Ph.D.

Steven Lloyd
Title: Vice Provost
Phone: 706-864-1840

Office: Price Memorial, 322, Dahlonega


Steven joined the faculty at UNG (formerly NGCSU) in 2006. His training is in both psychology and biology and, more specifically, in neuropsychopharmacology. He is interested in brain and behavior relationships and the impact of drugs of abuse and environmental toxicants on both. In collaboration with Dr. Ryan Shanks in the biology department, he has a very active undergraduate research lab. The lab is student-driven and student-focused with an eye on student development in the neurosciences, wherein they employ various approaches and modern techniques.

Courses Taught

  • Introduction to Psychology
  • Psychological Science
  • Neuroscience/Neuroscience Lab
  • Research Methodology
  • Drugs, Brain, & Behavior
  • Quantitative Methods (aka Statistics)


  • Ph.D., Neurobiology, University of TN Health Science Center, 2005
  • M.S., Psychology, University of Memphis, 1998
  • B.S., Psychology, University of Georgia, 1995

Research/Special Interests

  • The long-term and teratogenic effects of prenatal, adolescent and adult psychostimulants on the brain, behavior and the neuroimmune system.
  • The scholarship of teaching and learning.



Lloyd SA, Bruster M*, Corkill B*, Roberts R*, Shanks RA (in press). Chronic methamphetamine exposure significantly decreases microglia activation in the arcuate nucleus. Journal of Chemical Neuroanatomy.

Windle M, Haardörfer R, Lloyd SA, Foster B, Berg CJ (in press). Parental, sibling, and friend use of tobacco products, alcohol, marijuana, and associations with use among college students. Substance Use and Misuse.

Shanks RA, Robertson CL, Haygood CS*, Herdliksa AM*, Herdliska HR*, and Lloyd SA (in press). Measuring and advancing experimental design ability in an introductory course without altering existing lab curriculum. Journal of Microbiology and Biology Education. 

Berg CJ, Haardörfer R, Lewis M, Getachew B**, Lloyd SA, Thomas SF, Lanier A, Trepanier K, Johnston T, Grimsley L, Foster B, Benson S, Smith A, Barr DB, Windle M (2016). DECOY: documenting experiences with cigarettes and other tobacco in young adults. American Journal of Health Behavior, 40(3), 310-21. doi: 10.5993/AJHB.40.3.3

Shanks RA, Ross JM*, Doyle HH*, Helton AK*, Picou BN*, Schulz J*, Tavares C*, Bryant S*, Dawson B, Lloyd SA (2015).  Adolescent exposure to cocaine, amphetamine, and methylphenidate cross-sensitizes adult mice to methamphetamine with drug- and sex-specific effects. Behavioural Brain Research, 281, 116-124. doi: 10.1016/j.bbr.2014.12.002

Hatch DL, Zschau T, Hays A*, McAllister K*, Harrison M*, Cate KL, Shanks RA, Lloyd SA (2014). Of mice and meth: A new media-based neuropsychopharmacology lab to teach research methods. Teaching of Psychology, 41(2), 167-174. doi: 10.1177/0098628314530352

Lloyd SA, Oltean C*, Pass H*, Phillips B*, Staton K*, Robertson CL, Shanks RA (2013). Prenatal exposure to psychostimulants increases impulsivity, compulsivity, and motivation for rewards in adult mice. Physiology & Behavior, 119, 43-51. doi: 10.1016/j.physbeh.2013.05.038

Shanks RA, Anderson JR*, Taylor JR*, Lloyd SA (2012). Amphetamine and methamphetamine have a direct and differential effect on BV-2 microglia cells. Bulletin of Experimental Biology and Medicine, 154(2): 228-232. doi: 10.1007/s10517-012-1919-x.

Lloyd SA, Robertson CL (2012). Screencasting tutorials enhance student learning of statistics. Teaching of Psychology, 39(1): 67-71. doi: 10.1177/0098628311430640.

Shanks RA, Southard EM*, Tarnowski L*, Bruster M*, Wood S*, Dalman N, Lloyd SA (2011). A vodcasted, cross-disciplinary, behavioral neuroscience laboratory exercise investigating the effects of methamphetamine on aggression. Bioscene, 37(2): 9-16.  Retrieved from:

Lloyd SA, Balest Z*, Corotto F, Smeyne RJ (2010). Cocaine selectively increases proliferation in the adult murine hippocampus. Neuroscience Letters, 485(2): 112-116. doi: 10.1016/j.neulet.2010.08.080

Lloyd SA, Faherty CJ, Smeyne RJ (2006).  Adult and in utero exposure to cocaine alters sensitivity to the parkinsonian toxin MPTP. Neuroscience, 137(3): 905-913. doi: 10.1016/j.neuroscience.2005.09.035

Lloyd SA, Wensley B**, Faherty CJ, Smeyne RJ (2003).  Regional differences in cortical dendrite morphology following in utero exposure to cocaine. Developmental Brain Research, 147(1-2): 59-66. doi: 10.1016/j.devbrainres.2003.09.008

 *denotes undergraduate student co-authors

**denotes graduate student co-authors

Personal Information

Professional Affiliations:

UNG Organizations:

  • Psi Chi (The National Honor Society in Psychology)
  • UNG Campus Chapter of Habitat for Humanity

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